Object #1024548 from MS-Papers-0032-0003A
From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003A (55 digitised items). No Item Description
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Letter from Donald McLean, to the Honble, the Colonial Secretary, dated 30th. July 1850. reporting visit to Rangitikei, in consequence of threats of natives.
30th. July 1850.
I have the honor to report to you for the information of His Excellency, the Lieut. Governor, that I visited Rangitikei yesterday, in consequence of some trouble being threatened by a party of Otara natives headed by a Chief named Pohe.
This Chief, whose followers are principally outcasts from the Taupo and other tribes, has
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with many others throughout the Island, viewed with considerable alarm and discontent, the inland extent of the Rangitikei purchase; and he has lately assumed a right to the Porewa, and portions of the Interior parts of the purchase, to which he cannot establish any claim.
To-day I held a meeting at Parewanui Pah, with Pohe and his followers; when all the natives who sold the district were present, besides Chiefs who I invited from Whanganui and other places.
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The result of the Meeting has been that Pohe could not give any satisfactory reason for his conduct, further than objecting in a general way to the possession of the land by Europeans; as he apprehended that the Rangitikei purchase would lead to the acquisition of more of the Interior; and eventually dispossess the inland tribes of all their lands. I assured him that his fears were quite unfounded, as his claims appeared to be. Therefore I advised him to discontinue
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his opposition, and return to Otara, where I would shortly visit him, to fix and lay down an Interior boundary line, which would exclude all the lands about the Otara settlement.
I am glad to state that although Pohe seemed rather dissatisfied with the result of his visit, he agreed to return to Otara, and accordingly did so, immediately afterthe meeting dispersed.
I have the honor to remain, Sir, Your most obediect servant, (Signed)
Land Commissioner. To:- The Honble, The Colonial Secretary, Wellington.
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